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Prep Baseball: Byers sharp early as Wildcats build lead, beat South

April 27, 2012|By BOB PARASILITI | bobp@herald-mail.com

HAGERSTOWN — Just call Tyler Byers “Mo.”

Williamsport’s pitcher took the mound at Municipal Stadium on Friday night and gave the Wildcats all the inspiration they needed to post an 8-5 MVAL Antietam victory over South Hagerstown.

“Today, we played about as complete a game as we have played all year,” said Williamsport coach David Warrenfeltz. “We pitched well, got big hits and played good defense. Tyler pitched a great game. When a pitcher goes out there and does that, it gets you going.”

Byers lasted into the sixth inning until he got into trouble after being hit on the left ankle on a liner by South’s Colby Johnson. Through the first five innings, he allowed one unearned run on four hits, but he struggled after being struck.

“Momentum is big in high school baseball,” said South coach Zack Swisher. “We fed off of (Byers being hit), but it was too little, too late. We could have had better approaches at the plate, but Byers did a good job keeping us off-balance.

Like they have done most of the season, the Rebels (5-11, 3-7) fell behind early and were forced to fight back. South trailed 8-1 going into the bottom of the sixth when Byers was struck.

South scored four runs in the sixth before Nick Sauble and Zack Lucas came in to close out the game.

Williamsport (9-6, 6-4) jumped out to a 4-0 lead against South starter Airin Martin in the second inning.

Riley Arnone led off with a single to right — his first of four hits — and took third on Nick Williams’ double down the left-field line to set up Jordan Buchanan’s sacrifice fly to left. Freshman Colby Byers cleared the bases with a two-run home run down the right-field line for a 3-0 lead, before the Wildcats capped the rally when Nick Sauble tripled and scored on Brandon Greene’s grounder.

South got a run back in the bottom of the second against Byers, but it could have been a lot worse.

The Rebels loaded the bases with no outs before Keith Johnson scored on a wild pitch. Colby Byers’ throw got loose in the infield and Martin overran third base thinking he could score, then was thrown out trying to get back to third to hamper the rally.

Williamsport scored four runs in the fifth to take an 8-1 lead after loading the bases with no outs. Arnone’s bloop single to right over South’s drawn-in infield, and Buchanan’s one-out, two-run double down the left-field line highlighted the rally.

South threatened with the four-run sixth, as Ryan Barton and Jordan Dickens hit RBI singles and Sean Przywieczerski lofted a sacrifice fly.

The Rebels went down with the bases loaded in the seventh.

Williamsport 8, South Hagerstown 5
Williamsport    040    040    0    —    8    11    3
South    010    004    0    —    5    8    0
T. Byers, Sauble (6), Lucas (7) and C. Byers. Martin, Sines (7) and K. Johnson. WP — T. Byers. LP — Martin. HR — W: C. Byers (2nd, one on).

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